Abraham Lincoln’s Last Official Act as President

The Declaration of Independence gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence. . . . I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it.

Abraham Lincoln, remark on his last official act as President of the United States in signing the bill placing “In God We Trust” on all American coins